Patterson and Co Defence Lawyers are an established criminal defence firm, comprising of an experienced, respected and determined team who are based in Inverness and Wick. From these two offices, our lawyers represent clients daily throughout the courts in the Highlands and Islands. We defend our clients in the Sheriff Courts at Inverness, Tain, Wick, Stornoway and Elgin. Due to our reputation and extensive experience in criminal defence, we are also regularly asked to represent clients in other jurisdictions.

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David Patterson BA, LLB (HONS), DIP LP Partner

Phone number: 07714313578



David trained and worked as an assistant with one of the largest criminal defence practices in Scotland. Starting his career with Paterson Bell in Kirkcaldy, he thereafter continued as a qualified lawyer in Edinburgh and set up a sheriff court practice for the firm. Over the several years working in Edinburgh Sheriff Court he gained a vast experience conducting thousands of criminal cases from the Justice of the Peace Court to Sheriff and Jury level. There is no type of criminal case in the Sheriff Court that he has not handled or presented.


Throughout his career he has also instructed and dealt with a number of high-profile cases, including complex fraud, high value drugs, terrorism and murder charges. Since moving to Inverness, he has defended clients daily in the Sheriff Courts throughout the Highland and Islands. He strives to get the best possible outcome for his clients and regularly achieves excellent results.

The firm was set up by David Patterson, who has specialised entirely in criminal defence throughout his career. David previously worked alongside the largest criminal defence practices in Edinburgh and the central belt. He then moved to Inverness, and opened Patterson & Co, with the view of using his defence expertise and professionalism to see clients succeed whilst providing an unrivalled service.